What we're about

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For ten years The Buddha Meditation Centre of Greater Toronto has been freely sharing the liberating teachings of the Buddha with anyone with an interest to learn. We have lots of opportunities to learn what the Buddha taught and how to practice so we can achieve happiness in this life, happiness in future lives, and ultimately achieve the perfect freedom of enlightenment.

To learn more about our organization and our activities, go to mahamevnawa.ca (http://mahamevnawa.ca/). To learn more about what to expect, go to our main website. (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/what-to-expect)

Although Buddhism has gained popularity in mainstream culture, the opportunities to learn directly the ancient wisdom that the Buddha taught are very rare. Many people don't even know that the words of the Buddha were preserved as he taught them and faithfully passed down for us to study and apply to our lives today. By coming to our events you will get the chance to learn exactly what the Buddha taught and how to apply it to your life. As well, you will get to meet others like you who understand that lasting happiness can't be gained through material wealth.

The collection of sermons taught by the Buddha are organized into five collections called nikayas (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/sutta-pitaka). From them we can learn about the qualities of the Buddha, what he realized on the night of his enlightenment, and the detailed instructions he taught for us to also experience the same happiness that he did. We can learn very clearly about the law of cause and effect that stretches beyond what is visible with an ordinary mind. As well, many of the teachings help us to solve the very ordinary problems we experience in life. For example: how to be successful in business, how to raise our children, how to maintain friendships, how to resolve disputes, and how to gain a good reputation.

Every time you come you will learn directly from the scriptures (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/sutta-pitaka) exactly what the Buddha taught we needed to know to experience lasting happiness.

• If you are already a Buddhist who has faith in the Buddha's enlightenment, you will find a very supportive community to deepen and express this faith.

• If you are a recent convert to Buddhism or never got a good religious education growing up, this is the perfect place to develop your faith in and knowledge of the Buddha's teachings.

• If you are still exploring and want to learn more, you'll find a friendly environment with people who look forward to helping you.

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All of the teachings are done by monks who have been trained in the ancient Buddhist scriptures (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/sutta-pitaka). We are part of the oldest tradition of Buddhism known as Theravada, or Teachings of the Elders. (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/theravada) Our monastery and meditation center is part of and order based in Sri Lanka known as Mahamevnawa (pronounced maha-may-oo-NA-wa). It was founded by our teacher, Vererable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda. To learn more about our organization and our activities, go to mahamevnawa.ca (http://mahamevnawa.ca/). To learn more about what to expect, go to our main website. (http://mahamevnawa.ca/index.php/what-to-expect)

You can download a copy of the devotional service here (http://www.mahamevnawa.ca/images/PDF-Handouts/Vandana2015.PDF).

All the events at our monastery and meditation center are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. We are very family friendly.

You may also be interested our other meetup, Free Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Class/ (http://www.meetup.com/Free-Introduction-to-Buddhist-Meditation-Class/).

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Upcoming events (5+)

Meditate with a Monk

Buddha Meditation Centre of Greater Toronto

When: Every Thursday, Time: 8.00 - 9.00 pm Cost: free Language: English Where: Buddha Meditation Center GTA - 11175 Kennedy Rd. Markham L6P 1P2 For more information: https://www.mahamevnawa.ca/activities.html#MeditationWithaMonk This is a great opportunity to have peaceful mind after tired of working over the week. You get the chance to meditate and chant with a monk trained in the Theravada tradition. Instructions will be given. Suitable for all experience levels. All are welcome. No need to register. You are welcome to participate ​traditional devotional service with monks before the meditation program from 7-8 pm.

Friday Sermon and Devotional Service

Buddha Meditation Centre of Greater Toronto

When: Every Friday, Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm Cost: Free Language: English Where: ​11175 Kennedy Road, Markham ON L6C 1P2 (1 km north of Elgin mills road) For more information: https://www.mahamevnawa.ca/activities.html#FridayEnglishDhamma ​This event has two parts. From 7 to 8 pm there is a traditional devotional service. From 8 to 9 pm there is a sermon on various teachings of the Buddha. You are welcome to come to part or all of the activities. No registration required. ​ We begin by making offerings to the Buddha and taking the Five Precepts. Then we do some chanting and meditation. You can download a copy of the text we chant from here. We also chant a selection from the Pali-English Chanting Book. (We've got plenty of copies of both for you to use while you are here.) At about 8:00 the Dhamma Sermon begins. This event is a wonderful way to become a part of the community and learn the liberating teachings of the Buddha. All of the sermons are based on the original teachings of the Buddha faithfully preserved by theTheravada Buddhist tradition. Families are welcome.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Buddha Meditation Centre of Greater Toronto

When: Every Saturday Time: 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm Cost : Free Language: English Where: ​11175 Kennedy Road, Markham ON L6C 1P2 (1 km north of Elgin mills road) For More information: https://www.mahamevnawa.ca/activities.html#BeginnersMeditationC ​This is the perfect way to learn how and why to meditate according to the teaching of the Buddha. This class includes guided and silent meditation. You will get the chance to practice all types of meditations in Four Foundations of Mindfulness as per Buddha's teachings .The class is taught by monks trained in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition. No experience is required and everyone is welcome. If you are new to meditation, please do not worry and you will get lots of guidance and help from the monks and the volunteers. Also, you will be surrounded by other new comers to the meditation. We will cover: * Meditation posture * Why we meditate * The problems that happen in our meditation and how to overcome them * Breathing meditation * Loving-kindness meditation * Meditation on the nature of the body * Meditation on nine stages of a dead body ( Navaseewathika meditation) * Meditation on the parts of the body and the elements * Walking meditation * And more... No need to register. Printed small booklets will be provided for each meditation to help you to practice them alone.

Free Day-long Buddhist Retreat

Buddha Meditation Centre of Greater Toronto

When: Sunday, January 27th Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: ​11175 Kennedy Road, Markham ON L6C 1P2 (1 km north of Elgin mills road) ​No need to register For more information: https://www.mahamevnawa.ca/activities.html Join us for a day of learning and practicing the Buddha's teachings. This event includes Dhamma talks, meditation and observing Eight Precepts. No need to register. We are happy to provide participants with the lunch time-meal (11 am to 12:30 pm).It will be mostly vegetarian. If you are a strict vegetarian or have other dietary limitations, we suggest that you bring food that you are comfortable eating. ​If you are new to Buddhist retreats, that is not a problem. There are many volunteers to help you. You can wear anything that is comfortable. Some people like to wear white, but this is totally optional. Feel free to come as you are. ​ We will have cushions and chairs to sit on, but if you have a cushion and a mat, please bring them along. Most of the floor is carpeted, but some areas are uncarpeted.

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Mindfulness Meditation Class

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